Maths and science featured strongly in the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards. Along with physicist Michelle Simmons, maths teacher Eddie Woo and biologist Graham Farquhar were recognised.
Claims that stem cell treatments can repair spinal injuries right now are overblown. But it's not for lack of trying, and the science is certainly progressing.
Now, more than ever, in a world filled with 'fake news', it's up to researchers to work hard to have accurate messages publicised.
For many people suffering from disabling conditions, announcements in the press around breakthroughs in stem cell research undoubtedly bring hope.
David Morrison being unofficially anointed a "Warrior for Women", reflects the belief that women need male champions in order to succeed.
High-profile former Army chief David Morrison is Australian of the Year, with the award given for his commitment to "gender equality, diversity and inclusion".